Fall Culture Preview: DC Museum Highlights

Washington, DC is home to a number of cultural institutions that cycle in exceptional museum exhibits every season of the year. Looking forward to this fall, there are a lot of interesting and unique exhibits coming our way.

Japan Modern Exhibit

September 29, 2018 – January 21, 2019

The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, a Smithsonian institution, will host a double-feature of modern Japanese photography exhibits this fall. Both titled, “Japan Modern,” one focuses on magnificent prints from Japan’s age of photography. The other focuses on images from the famous Gloria Katz-Willard Huyck Collection.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. 1050 Independence Ave. SW

Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor

September 28, 2018 – March 17, 2019

This fall, the Smithsonian American Art Museum will open an exhibit featuring the work of one of the United States’ most celebrated self-taught artists. Bill Traylor is famous for his powerful uses of black and white, and his meditations on American travesties like slavery and the Civil Rights movement.

Smithsonian American Art Museum. 8th and F streets.

America’s Listening

Opens October 19, 2018

This new exhibit will focus on showcasing the history of five key innovations in the story of recorded sound. Artifacts from Thomas Edison’s phonograph, Alexander Graham Bell’s Gramophone, and other pioneers will be on display.

National Museum of American History. 14th St. and Constitution Ave.

Ruby Slippers

Opens October 19, 2018

This display of american culture will showcase eight installations that represent American history through culture, arts, and entertainment. Some of the more notable artifacts include Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz, a Yankee Stadium ticket booth, and a video game wall.

National Museum of American History. 14th St. and Constitution Ave.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse

Opens November 1, 2018

This series of three large installations will open at the gorgeous and unique Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden alongside six public-art documentaries. Filling the museum’s entire second floor, Pulse will be an immersive, audiovisual experience inspired by visitors’ own heart rates, which will be measured by sensors and used to influence their surroundings. We know, it sounds wild.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Independence Avenue at 7th St. SW